Throw It Back: Visiting Eagles Leave Campo, Cowboys In Shambles With 41-14 Thrashing
(A season-by-season look at one game the 21st Century Dallas Cowboys would love to throw back)
2000: Week 1 Philadelphia 41 Dallas 14
For rookie head coach Dave Campo, it was a beginning that couldn’t have been worse. After a long off-season that witnessed the departure of a host of veterans (including Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin), the Cowboys were pronounced dead on the spot in Irving, Texas on a sweltering afternoon at Texas Stadium as the Philadelphia Eagles handed them a 41-14 beatdown for the ages. So one-sided was the game, and so thorough was the beating, that Campo spent much of the second half staring up through the hole in the roof as if in wonderment at what he, God, and Country were witnessing.
To add injury to the obvious insult on the scoreboard, the Eagles knocked out Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman with a concussion, and Cowboy wide receiver Joey Galloway, the team’s prized off-season acquisition, was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in the fourth quarter.
Whatever Campo had in mind for his tenure in Dallas, this one game ensured that very little – or simply none – of it would come to pass. The defense (which allowed more than 300 yards rushing for the game) turned out to be as bad as every statistic from that game would indicate, and a shuffling QB situation was made hopelessly complicated for an impulsive front-office when Aikman retired after what was a tiresome 5-11 season.
(You can read more about the struggles of Campo’s Dallas Cowboys in Ryan Bush’s book “Decade of Futility.”)